Time to visit another country in the Where In The World challenge!! Today I will take you to Canada!
Read on after the jump (warning: lots of pictures!!) why I chose this mani and what I used to create it!
I really wanted to do something special for this country since many of my 'best friends' and awesome, awesome bloggers who I take my inspiration from are from Canada. When I think of this country, the first thing that comes to mind are the Canadian Rockies. They are in top 3 of all the mountains I've ever seen (and being a mountain girl I've seen a lot!)!! They are truly, truly stunning! I went on a vacation there in 2006 and visited all the national parks in that area. I've taken tons of pictures of course, and the mani that I'm showing you today is based on my picture!! (at the end of this post)
To achieve the 'lake' effect I chose Finger Paints "Art Dealer Teal-er" (since I have to go with the Art theme!!), a gorgeous teal polish with all kinds of shimmer. Two coats covered up the nail completely. This polish is so bright that it's almost neon!!
Then I wanted to create the flower effect and I used plate SH-18 and China Glaze "GR8". On my accent finger I tried to create the mountains and I used plate Mash-28 with China Glaze "Awaken". To create the snowcaps on the mountains I used white glitter from Born Pretty Store. I wasn't too happy with the mountains, but I didn't have any other stamping designs that would come close to the peaks! And I definitely was not happy with my 'flowers' stamping!! Take a look:
Isn't it horrible??? Can barely tell what that stamping is, just a bunch of freaking yellow bird poo on my nails.
So I started going through my nail art drawer and... Eureka!! I totally forgot about my newest purchase: the dried flowers from Born Pretty Store!!! They're actual dried little flowers that you can apply on your nails! And the ones I had were just perfect to match the ones in my picture!! I applied a layer of topcoat over the existing design on my nails to make them 'tacky', I stuck the flowers where I wanted them and I finished off with another layer of topcoat to seal them in place.
The overall effect is definitely different... I would never wear that to work, but I kinda like it!!! the whole concept of dried flowers is so new to me and I think I like it!! See what you think:
And here's the actual picture that I used for my Canada inspiration!! It was taken on the shore of Lake Louise in Banff National Park.
What do you think? Have you ever tried dried flowers on your nails before? Unfortunately I can't attest to the wear of the flowers since I took them off the same day to do a more work-appropriate mani to wear for the following day, but I'm really looking forward to trying them again!
Don't forget to check out what other participants of the Where In The World challenge came up with!